Kentucky Tornado Shelters


Does your family have a place to seek shelter during a storm, tornado or other severe weather event? Do you have a below ground refuge that can provide your family safety and peace of mind during the climatic tornado season the United States has endured the past several years? Read thru to learn more about Kentucky's leading Tornado Shelters!

Do I Need A Tornado Shelter?

Will your family will be safe in the event of a tornado? If you are asking yourself this question purchasing a tornado shelter for your home can offer peace of mind. Having a safe place to go in an emergency is an investment int o the safety of your family. When making this decision there are many things to consider. There are many different types of tornado shelters available and navigating these differences is the first step to making sure your investment goes as far as possible.

When thinking about buying a tornado shelter the cost, size, material and installation process are usually the initial considerations. There are many sizes and shapes of shelters from very small to those able to protect entire communities. The size of a tornado shelter needed is largely determined by the size of the family using it. Though most storms will not require long stays in a shelter, being sure there is comfortable seating and ample room for some emergency supplies is important.

Watch a family of 7 fit easily and comfortably inside of a Granger ISS Tornado Shelter

There is also the consideration of if an underground shelter or above ground shelter is right for your family. Being in the ground is the safest place to be in a tornado and an in-ground shelter designed to protect you in these storms is safer than any basement. Any person who is physically able to get into an underground unit is safest in the ground. For those who are not physically able to get into an underground storm shelter there are many above ground options available. Though above grounds units have been known to perform well in tornados, being above ground simply is not as safe as being in the ground.

Understanding the material a tornado shelter is manufactured from is the most important element to consider how long your shelter will last. This is especially true for in-ground tornado shelters. The material a shelter is made from dramatically influences maintenance and lifespan of this type of product. Some materials deteriorate much faster than others, especially if they are buried in the ground. Different shelters need different degrees of maintenance which can include painting, cleaning, patching cracks or deterioration, oiling hinges, inspecting latches and scraping rust.

Tornado Shelter Materials, Storm Shelter Materials, Best Underground Shelter

The most important part of any storm shelter is the door. For most underground tornado shelters the door is the only part exposed to the tornado. Because the door being safe is such an essential part of being protected, FEMA requires shelter doors to be tested to withstand an F5 tornado. Manufacturers of shelter doors that have been tested to withstand an F5 tornado should be able to verify that they have exceeded FEMA 320 or FEMA 361 requirements by documentation of the test.

See the Granger ISS Tornado Shelter undergo FEMA testing at Texas Tech

Perhaps the most important consideration is finding a tornado shelter manufacturer that can be trusted and available. It is essential to research the company making this life saving product for your family. A company that can be trusted will have a history of manufacturing this type of product and be familiar with FEMA guidelines for ensuring safety during these deadly storms.

The Granger ISS answers both safety and durability concerns and is manufactured by a company with two decades of experience with this type of product. The Granger ISS manufactured by Granger Plastics Company is a rotationally molded tornado shelter made of polyethylene. The polyethylene construction of the Granger ISS will last longer than any other material on the market. The door of the unit, also polyethylene is both FEMA 320 and FEMA 361 exceeding.

The Granger ISS storm shelter also has many other benefits such as the double wall design which is foam filled for extra rigidity. The foam also acts as an insulator making the interior of the shelter more comfortable. The Granger ISS has a reverse taper design which does not require the unit to have an anchoring system. This means a faster easier installation and the possibility of installation in areas other underground storm shelters would have issues.

Regardless of soil condition, water tables or almost any space construction, this shelter installs in 4 hours or less, seats six or more, has a number of additional safety features including articulating hand rails, gas assisted shock system on the door, easy entry and molded in seating. It also comes with a lifetime warranty against material deterioration including cracking, leaking, rotting or rusting.

Foam Filled Tornado Shelter, Double Wall Foam Filled construction

Granger Plastics Company has decades of experience manufacturing safety products of all types which sets this manufacturer apart from the others. A world renown rotational molder, Granger exceeds all expectations of consumers searching for a shelter to protect their family. Due to the highest quality manufacturing and safety standards the Granger ISS has given peace of mind to people around the world. As always Granger Plastics products are MADE IN THE USA and the Granger ISS is America’s industry leading tornado shelter.


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